For a starter, please read these things you might need to know and prepare before your arrival to Bali, so you can plan your holiday worry-free.
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A tourist visa is required for some countries. You have two options to obtain the visa:
- Before your departure, with the Indonesian Embassy. It costs 40 €, it is valid for 60 days.
- You can also get a visa upon arrival in Indonesia Denpasar airport (€ 20, U.S. $ 25, valid for 30 days, logically renewable once for 30 days at the premises of immigration, Cash or better card payment). You are advised to have the extra dollars and not pay in euros because the exchange rate at the airport is relatively low.
Please note that exceeding the deadline living in Indonesia resulting in a fine of approximately € 20 per day. It is strongly recommended not to exceed one week.
The passport must be valid for more than six months.
Being near the equator in a tropical region, Bali has only two seasons that harmonize and balance.
- Dry season: May to November-December. This does not prevent a few days of rain here and there. Avoid the crowds preferring Bali in May, September or October.
- Rainy season: from January to April.
In general, July is the coolest and driest month of the year; while in January the rainfall reaches its maximum (it rains twice north and south of the island). Even in the dry season it can rain, but rather late in the day or night. June is a good plan: everything is green after the monsoon and there are great prizes for the high season has not started yet.
The average temperature is 26 ° C. Bali has an ideal climate. The temperature is pleasant almost all the time. It can get very hot, but it is never unbearable. Beware of sunburn.
Day always keep the same amplitude. The sun rises, whatever the season, around 6am and sets around 6pm.
Officially, no vaccinations are required. A malaria prophylaxis is recommended – the ‘standby’ is the preferred method (taking medication only when needed).
We recommend to renew (if necessary) tetanus and polio protection. Medical kit: sunblock cream and after-sun cream, insect repellent, skin antiseptic, healing cream for insect bites, ongoing medical treatment, and personal medicine (antibiotics, analgesics, anti-diarheas, etc).
Broadband antibiotic, antibiotic eardrops, cream or fluid against mosquito bites. In case a doctor has to be visited, always pay with cash. Hospitals, small clinics, also pharmacies and drugstores are easy to find.
We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the high threat of terrorist attack. You should also be aware of the severe penalties for narcotics offenses, including the death penalty; some specific health risks; and risks associated with natural disasters.
More often in Bali, there is an increase of bag snatching, sometimes accompanied by violence. The authorities are slow to act because the victims fail to report their assault to the police or do not inform their respective consul. So be careful while you are driving scooter or while walking.
The staple food in Bali is rice. The same goes for almost the rest of the country. Though Indonesian local food is not as strong as in India or Thailand, it may be quite challenging to your palate at first. There are some “warung” (a small restaurant or tavern by the street) bustling with foreign visitors even though they only serve Indonesian food.
As a tourism island, Bali has numerous international food restaurants, big or small. Especially in Kuta area, you will soon run into another Japanese / Italian / Chinese / Mexican restaurant. Fast food chain restaurants are easy to find in almost every big city in Bali and there are some pizzeria in Denpasar & Kuta area. Various type of bread can be bought in supermarkets (such as Bintang, Pepito, or Bali Deli) or bakery stores like Bali Bakery, Papaya, Living Stone, BreadTalk, or BreadLife.
If you have food allergy, please state so before you order your meal.